Tuesday, June 3, 2014
(Chicago, IL) -- The city of Chicago is filing a lawsuit against five major narcotics manufacturers, accusing them of concealing the risks associated with some painkillers. The suit names Actavis, Endo Health Solutions Inc., the Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma LP and Teva Pharmaceutical's Cephalon Inc. The suit accuses the drug makers of deceptive and unlawful marketing practices that included calling drugs like OxyContin rarely addictive. The lawsuit claims that resulted in a wave of addiction and overdose that "plagues communities in Chicago and other cities across the country."